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Puzzle ID:#14633
Fun:*** (2.23)
Difficulty:* (0.99)
Category:Science
Submitted By:midknight*

 

 

 



When you are driving a car down the street at a hundred miles an hour, in reality you are moving much faster.

How?



Answer

The earth is flying through space fairly fast, so you are moving at different speeds, greater than a hundred miles an hour.
The hundred miles an hour on the car may add to or subtract from your total speed. You are only moving 100 miles an hour in relation to the road. In space, your motion is much faster and much more complicated.

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Comments

jacintan*
Sep 10, 2003

This is COOL, but if this was accepted, how come mine wasn't?
Bobbrt**
Sep 16, 2003

Yours wasn't accepted because it is essentially a duplicate of this one. Sorry, but Midknight beat you by three days.
jimbo*au*
Nov 06, 2003

Much faster? In relation to what? You might be stationary with respect to some other point on the surface of Mars at a particular time.
eiennikireiAus*
Dec 23, 2003

bookworm91***
Nov 21, 2005

i sorta agree with jimbo. but that was a good teaser, and since you specified it was faster, one has to assume its the earth's orbit.
VudluxiA*
Jun 03, 2006

Relatively speaking, this was good.
jsdodgersAus*
Sep 30, 2007

thats not entirely true, because you could be moving the opposite way the Earth is moving
woooo
Jan 30, 2008

I agree with jdodger
racoonieboyAus*
Jul 15, 2010

jsdodger, even if you are going the opposite direction, you're still going faster than a 100mph.

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